CHA News Article

CDPH Issues Hot Summer Weather Advisory
Reminds health care facilities to take extra precautions against extreme heat

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week issued the attached All Facilities Letter reminding health care facilities to take precautionary measures to keep individuals safe during extremely hot weather. Facilities must have contingency plans in place to deal with the loss of air conditioning. When no air conditioning is available, they must ensure patients and residents are free of conditions that may cause heat-related health complications. CDPH’s recommendations include:

  • Keep a hydration station readily available to residents, family and staff.
  • Be alert to adverse changes in patient and resident conditions that may be heat-related.
  • Develop and implement a system to monitor hydration status, and be prepared to take appropriate interventions.
  • Pay special attention to patients with medications that make the patient susceptible to high temperatures, e.g., psychotropic medications.